Course Outline

Programming Microsoft Excel with VBA - Open Schedule


Who is this course for?

This course has been developed for advanced Microsoft Excel users, who need to automate cell, worksheet and workbook handling using Word Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).


How long is this course?

1 Day 


What do I need to know before attending?

Competence with Microsoft Windows. Experienced user of the many features covered on the Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Microsoft Excel courses. 


What will I expect to achieve at the end of the training?
At the end of this course
you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the benefits of using Visual Basic (VBA) macros.
  • Record, run and edit basic Excel macros.
  • Interpret and edit VBA code.
  • Apply programming techniques such as conditional branching and loops to your macros.
  • Acquisition of user data and the display of messages.
  • Create User Forms to manage complex user input.


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Introducing Macros
Explaining the purpose and potential of Excel macros.

VBA (Macro) Basics
Recording simple macros to automate routines such as document formatting.
Using convenient ways of running macros - menus, toolbars, buttons within documents, and shortcut keys.

Cell Referencing
Using Absolute and Relative referencing in macros.
Methods for Excel navigation and selection.
Working with Excel Objects.

Editing VBA Program Code
An introduction to the programming behind recorded macros.
Understanding the syntax of VBA code.
Making changes and additions to code.
Adding comments.
Using the Basic Help system.

Extending Control
Introducing some commonly used commands to give more power and flexibility to your macros, such as making the actions of your macro conditional on some activity.
Creating non-recordable code for:
Toggling settings.
Managing user-input and displaying messages.
Declaring and using variables.
Use of conditional statements.
Responding to 'Events'.

User Forms
Creating and utilising custom User Forms to manage user interaction.
Processing data returned from user forms.

Troubleshooting Problems
Techniques to help find and resolve problems:
Identifying types of problem.
Interrupting programs.
Monitoring values while programs are running.
Using the De-bug and watch windows.

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